Interesting Facts you May not Know About the Louvre
The Louvre is undoubtedly the most visited museum in the world and it welcomes about nine million visitors per year. The museum is very popular, as it houses around 35,000 priceless antiques and masterpieces.
Louvre offers the most extensive art galleries for the breadth of subjects. The artworks displayed in the museum range from 6th century BC to modern 19th century culture. Below are some interesting facts about the museum that you may be interested to know before embarking on your Louvre tours.
The Louvre’s Glass Pyramid
The 21-meter high glass pyramid in the Louvre museum was made in 1989. The erection of the pyramid, however, led to some controversies as well, as the architect of the pyramid, I.M. Pei, was the first non-French artist to work on the Louvre museum.
The pyramid is made completely out of glass and metal and has become of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. Many of us do not know that the glass pyramid is one of four glass pyramids, and three smaller pyramids are placed in the courtyard surrounding it.
Belphegor – The Louvre Ghost
The Louvre museum dates back to 1190. As the museum is very old, the museum is bound to be the home to many ghosts, right? There are many rumors surrounding the museum and the most popular one is about a mummy named Belphegor.
Many locals believe that the museum is haunted by Belphegor. There are also rumors about a man dressed in red haunting the Tulleries Gardens near the museum.
The Louvre’s Galleries
The various art galleries in the Louvre museum are displayed across 652,300 square feet of area, which is equal to an area of fifteen acres. These galleries house about 7,500 paintings, and most of them (about 66%) were made by French artists.
These galleries are divided into eight departments, namely Egyptian antiques, Near Eastern antiques, Islamic art, Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiques, paintings, decorative arts, and sculptures.
Axe Historique is an architectural line of monuments that stretches for about five kilometers and runs through central Paris. The Louvre museum is the nucleus of Axe Historique and is placed in the middle of the Grand Arche of La Defense, Arc de Triomphe, and the obelisk of the Place de la Concorde.